/ Asked by dinah
If I am not a fan of LinkedIn due to security issues that I have had in the past with using social media, is that a bad thing from an employment perspective. Should I be honest in the interview or if I am asked why I am not a part of social media at all?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Personally, I don't think it is a bad thing if you are not active on social media networks. If you are applying to jobs that have a strong focus on social media, and your field of interest requires a social media skillset, it may be more of a concern. In general, I don't see any reason why an employer would disqualify you for this reason alone so I think it is good to be honest if this question were to arise. In my experience, most interviewers don't ask about your social media presence so this question or topic may never come up during your job search.
I would point out that LinkedIn is becoming a more popular recruitment tool for companies and recruiters. Having a LinkedIn account will only help your job search because employers are able to actively seek you out. Again, I don't think this is a deal breaker but something to keep in mind as you are looking to advance your career.
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, July 14, 2016
Being active on social media is a personal decision. It obviously has become much more predominant in the world and specifically within the talent acquisition space. Employers utilize social media sites to identify potential candidates and to share information about their organizations. Sites like LinkedIn can be helpful in your job search as many companies and recruiting firms utilize it to network for their openings. Not being on LinkedIn isn't going to be a deal breaker when it comes to you getting a job offer, but it might make it more difficult for you to be "seen" and "contacted" by employers. You can determine how private and secure you make your LinkedIn profile, so you might want to investigate your options and test the water with the site again. I've never asked the question of why someone isn't on social media during an interview, nor have any of my colleagues. If the question happens to come up, I would recommend being honest and I'm sure the interviewer will understand. Good luck!
Answered by Sebastian, Hiring Expert at Grace, on Friday, July 15, 2016
I don't think that not being active on social media is considered a bad thing from an employment perspective. That's your own personal choice, so no recruiter should interpret this negatively. However, as you know, Social Media in general is trending, and especially LinkedIn comes with a lot of professional networking opportunities. Also, keep in mind that some jobs might even require some kind of Social Media presence (for example Marketing or Sales jobs). I personally look at Social Media from two perspectives: 1) Personal use (such as Facebook, Instagram etc.) and 2) Professional use (e.g. LinkedIn). While professional networks can certainly be helpful to build relationships and to learn more about job opportunities, I don't see any value in tools for personal use other than staying in touch with friends, as an example. 

Again, if Social Media presence is not a specific job requirement, there is no need for you to be on Social Media, if you don't want to be.  
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Great question!  We all have limitations based on our past experiences and certainly with social media, there is a great understanding around privacy issues.  If you are ask, tell the truth, let them know you are extremely cautious due to a past experience and that you would be happy to answer their questions.  There is a great deal of understanding at this time around individual preferences towards social media and relinquishing personal information. Make the most of the career fairs, networking events where you have the opportunity to meet people in person and be sure and follow up via email with those you are interested.    Best of luck to you! 
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